At customs in Brazil, in October 2018, a simplified import clearance process based on a single import declaration (DUIMP) was launched as a pilot project covering certain imports by sea.
The DUIMP can be registered in the Integrated Foreign Trade System (SISCOMEX) prior to the shipment’s arrival at the Brazilian border, allowing for faster risk assessment and coordinated interventions by the administrative bodies responsible for licensing, certificates and authorizations.
According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the range of import operations registered with a DUIMP has been gradually expanding, in parallel with continuous procedural improvements.
Brazilian authorities indicate that the DUIMP currently accounts for approximately 30% of the total value of imports, and is expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2023.
Over the past five years, Brazil continued to simplify foreign trade procedures and improve its SISCOMEX under its Foreign Trade Single Window Program.
The objective of this Program, launched in 2014 and jointly coordinated by the Foreign Trade Secretariat (SECEX) of the Ministry of Economy and Brazil’s Special Secretariat of Federal Revenues (RFB), is to reduce the time and costs of importing, exporting and transiting goods.
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Since 2017, the development of SISCOMEX has focused on harmonizing the procedures of customs and other agencies involved at the border, accelerating information flows, and expanding the use of information technologies and risk management solutions.
SECEX manages access to SISCOMEX for government officials, but all other users must obtain an accreditation (habilitação) from the RFB.
As was the case in 2017, user accreditations remain free of charge, with unlimited validity and are of three types: urgent, limited or unlimited.
In 2020, the conditions associated with each type of user accreditation were updated.
Access to SISCOMEX requires a digital certificate in accordance with the Brazilian Public Key Infrastructure (ICP-Brazil).
Brazil is the seventh most populated country in the world and the twelfth largest economy.